England is going to kick-start their cricketing season when they take on West Indies in a three-match Test series. All the players in the training squad are scheduled to assemble at The Ageas Owl in Southampton to make adequate preparation for the upcoming home series against West Indies.
The selection committee will be looking to pick their strongest squad against West Indies. Mark Wood and Jofra Archer have cleared all fitness Tests and will be looking to make an impact for the side this summer.
Veteran pacer James Anderson will be looking to make a comeback after missing most of the last year due to side strain injury. England will be hoping that bowlers can exploit the conditions at Ageas Bowl and help them take an early lead against West Indies.
Now let’s take a look at three bowlers to watch in the three-match Test series between England and West Indies.
The 25-year old has certainly made a huge impact with the ball in hand. He was instrumental in helping England win their maiden World Cup on home soil last year. He made his Test debut against Australia last year in the Ashes series. In 7 Test matches, Archer has claimed 30 wickets at an average of 27.40. He has picked up three five-wicket hauls in red-ball cricket.
With the ability to bowl at high pace, Archer will be looking to make an impression in the upcoming three-match series against West Indies.
Another experienced pacer, Stuart Broad, will be keen to continue his decent form with the new-ball. Since Jan 2019, Broad has been premier bowler in Test cricket and topped the bowling charts. In 14 Test matches, Broad has picked up 52 wickets at an average of 24.07.
Given his track record in English conditions, Stuart Broad is one bowler that can run through a batting unit in a session.
The 37-year old is certainly in his last phase of his career. With the injuries taking a toll on the body, he missed whole of the Ashes series last season. He played one match at Cape Town, before being ruled out of series in South Africa.
It will be quite interesting to see whether James Anderson can play back-to-back Test matches against England.
With 584 Test wickets to his name, Anderson will be determined to become the only pacer bowler to complete 600 wickets in Test format. With no warm-up matches, team management will be keeping a close eye on Anderson’s fitness throughout the Test series.